CNA Staff, May 20, 2020 / 06:30 am
Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, the 30th superior general of the Society of Jesus, died Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 84.
The Spanish priest led the Jesuits, the world's largest men's religious order, from 2008 to 2016.
In a condolence message May 20, his successor, Fr. Arturo Sosa, said that Nicolás' time as Superior General was marked by "his sense of humor, his courage, his humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis," the first Jesuit pope.
"All of us here at the Jesuit General Curia mourn him and a special Mass will be offered here in Rome as soon as we can organize it. Because of travel restrictions just now, I cannot travel to Japan for the funeral but I assure all his many friends there of my closeness, my compassion and my condolences," he said.